First vote on Gorsuch nears with starkly opposing views
Associated Press ------- A starkly divided Senate panel on Monday weighed President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, with Republicans casting Neil Gorsuch as a fiercely independent judge and Democrats complaining that his testimony "diluted with ambiguity" makes him the wrong choice. The Republican-led Judiciary Committee was expected to back Gorsuch and send his nomination to the full Senate, most likely on a near-party line vote. Later on, intent on getting Trump's pick on the high court — and securing a much-needed win for his party and the new president — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is likely to change Senate rules so that Gorsuch can be confirmed with a simple majority in the 100-seat chamber instead of the 60 votes now required. Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, strongly defended the Denver-based appeals court judge as a fair and independent man. He said Democrats had worked to try and find fault with him, but "that fault will not stick." To learn more click on the picture below to read the article.